July 18-August 12, 2022

Camp Explore is a fun-filled summer of educational projects and field experiences based at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. Campers will be immersed in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming. Activities, labs, field games and crafts, and one field trip/week are paired with a recreational half-day of water activities including swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.

Registration open!

Camp Activities

Each week of Camp Explore has a different theme and opportunities to explore South Florida's ecosystems through engaging activities and educational field trips. Missed up last year? Check out our camp photos!

  • Week A: July 18-22 — Raise the Reef

    Key topics: marine science, coral reefs and ocean habitats

    Discover what lies beneath the waves and learn what it takes to be a marine scientist. Find out during this week of exploration science. Campers will learn about the connectivity of ecosystems like coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds, the wildlife that create such intricate food webs and how FIU scientists study the ocean. 

     Field trip: TBD

  • Week B: July 25-29 — To Infinity & Beyond

    Key topics: astronomy, space, sea to space connections

    Soar into space with FIU CASE! Campers well journey beyond the stars this week as they learn about space travel, our solar system and astronomy. They will learn from experts at FIU the different ways physicists and astronomers study the stars and beyond.

     Field trip: Frost Science Museum (subject to change)

  • Week C: August 1-5 — The REAL Florida

    Key topics: Florida native plants, animals and habitats

    Venture into the backcountry and explore what Florida looked like before it became developed. From the Everglades to Hardwood Hammocks and Pine Rocklands, campers will learn about Florida’s natural land and the plants and animal native to this part of the world.

     Field trip: Everglades airboat (subject to change)

  • Week D: August 8-12 — Conservation Motivation

    Key topics: conservation, protected areas, marine debris, threats to wildlife/habitats

    Calling all campers to conserve and protect! Join FIU CASE in learning about and finding solutions to real world conservation issues that impact ecosystems in Florida and around the world. From learning about marine debris to understanding water quality issues, campers will jump into the lab coats of our scientists to discover new ways to protect and conserve our resources for a sustainable future.

    Field trip: FIU MMC Campus (subject to change)

Information

Costs

  • Weekly rate: $280
    • Employee weekly rate: $250
    • Sibling weekly rate: $270/week
    • 4 week session: $960 ($240/week)
  • Lunch: $45/week
  • Early care (8-9 a.m.): $25
  • Late care (4-5 p.m.): $25
  • Combo care (early and late): $45
  • Extra T-shirt: $10
  • NEW Camp Bag - Bug repellent, sun screen, hat, stainless steel water bottle, t-shirt, bag: $40

Hours

  • Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Early care: 8-9 a.m.
  • Late care: 4-5 p.m.

Camp Groups

We are accepting 40 campers maximum per week. Campers will be seperated by age level into the following groups:

  • Explorers: 6-8
  • Investigators: 9-12
  • CIT: 13-14 (see below for more information)

Camp is open to ages 6-14. Campers ages 13-14 may attend as Counselors in Training: Learn more about the Counselor in Training program in Frequently Asked Questions, below.

 

COVID-19

Masks are recommended on FIU campuses to help prevent COVID-19. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Camp Director Nick Ogle at nogle@fiu.edu

Register

To join Camp Explore at BBC, please email fill out a registraton form. Please review the registration steps below. 

  1. Fill out a registration form
  2. Your registration will be put into our payment system by CASE Education Outreach. 
  3. You will recieve an email with camp information for you to review. 
  4. On FRIDAYS we will send payment links to complete payment for camp. 
  5. Please complete payment within one week of recieving the payment link to keep your spot.

Waivers & Forms

Please read and sign the documents below prior to camp and email to nogle@fiu.eduThe Parent Guide has all the waivers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What to Bring to Camp
    • Lunch (if not purchased)
    • Bathing suit and towel
    • Closed toed shoes
    • Hats/sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Change of clothes
  • Lunch Options

    Campers can either bring lunch or pre-order lunch from the cafeteria.  Options changer per week. Examples of meals that are available for pre-order: chicken tenders, cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich, crispy chicken sandwich, veggie burger or chef special, or turkey and cheese sandwich. These are combo meals that include a fountain drink or bottled water and french fries. 

    Lunches will be available for $45/week and must be pre-ordered with registration.

  • Daily Activities

    Most days are scheduled to include 3 hours of marine science activities in FIU's science labs doing dissections, experiments, arts and crafts and other activities; 1 hour for lunch; and 3 hours of water sports including kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. This schedule is flexible for unpredictable circumstances such as weather.

    Campers will go on a field trip once/week.

    Campers must be at least intermediate swimmers; if there is any doubt, please call us at 786-556-2068 for a consultation.

  • Camp Staff

    Staff are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program. Each group is under the direct supervision of a Lead Counselor (a professional with experience working with children) and Counselors in Training.

    All camp staff undergo and clear a Level 2 background check and attend a mandatory training session before camp starts. Staff will be trained on FIU policies and procedures regarding camp supervision, safety and responding to first-aid needs.

    Employment opportunities for Lead Counselor and Senior Counselors will be posted on the FIU careers website. See Staff & Volunteers below for more information.

  • Pick-Ups: Photo ID Required

    The Biscayne Bay Campus is located at 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181. Campers should be dropped off on the West side of the AC2 building by 9 a.m. There will be signs to direct you to the drop-off location where the counselors will be waiting to meet you. If you need additional information, call 305-919-6000 or stop by the information booth at the entrance to campus.

    An approved individual must pick up and drop off the camper; if the camper is not picked up by the indicated time, an additional fee will be charged.

  • Dress Code and Supplies

    The following items should be brought to camp every day: swimsuit, towel, lunch (if bringing own lunch), sunscreen, sandals or water shoes that attach to the foot (no flip-flops), hat, water bottle and snorkel gear. We will have some masks/snorkel sets available for use, but it is best to bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Campers must wear a Camp Explore T-shirt.

  • Handheld Devices

    Campers are only allowed to use their handheld devices during scheduled experiences, and they will be required to turn off and store their devices at the end of the experience. Please label all handheld devices. Lost items are not the responsibility of FIU.

  • Medical Conditions

    Please let us know immediately of any allergies and/or medical conditions your child may have and list them on the registration form. Before camp begins, be sure to submit any necessary medication(s) to the camp instructor with your child's name, along with instructions for use.

  • Counselors in Training

    Campers ages 13-14 interested in a more rigorous experience are invited to participate in our new CIT program. Each week, CITs will complete a science project based on the camp theme with assistance from a mentor. When CITs are not working on their project, they will learn valuable skills as an assistant to the instructors and Junior Instructors. This gives them the opportunity to engage in a higher level of education, gain leadership and team-building experience, and build their resume.

    To register as a CIT, complete the camp registration and select the CIT group. Contact us at anduran@fiu.edu to learn more about the CIT program.

  • Can I register all my children for the camp with just one submission?

    Yes! Please add all your campers to the same registration.

  • Is before/after care available for my child?

    Yes - early care starts at 8:00 a.m. ($25/week) and late care runs until 5:00 p.m. ($25/week). Combo care is available for $45/week.

  • How old does my child have to be in order to attend summer camp?

    Children need to be at least 6 years old to attend camp.

  • How are campers divided up?

    We are accepting 40 campers maximum per week. Campers will be seperated by age level into the following groups:

    • Explorers: 6-8
    • Investigators: 9-12
    • CIT: 13-14 (see below for more information)
  • Do I have to be affiliated with FIU?

    No! Registration is open to everyone.

  • Can I join the camp staff?

    See Staff for opportunities.

  • Can I arrange for my child to be together with his/her friend if they both sign up for camp?

    We will do our very best to pair your child with his/her friend, although we cannot guarantee placement.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations must be requested in writing to anduran@fiu.edu. Cancellations prior to July 1, 2022, will receive a full refund with a deducted $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations after the start of summer camp on July 11, 2022, will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be issued for missed days or absences from summer camp. Refunds will not be issued nor camp make-up days incorporated in the event of natural disasters.

Staff & Volunteers

Staff are assigned to groups that remain constant for the duration of the program. Each group is under the direct supervision of a Lead Counselor (a professional with experience working with children), Senior Counselors, and Counselors in Training.

All camp staff undergo and clear a Level 2 background check and attend a mandatory training session before camp starts. Staff will be trained on FIU policies and procedures regarding camp supervision, safety and responding to first-aid needs.

Employment opportunities for Lead Counselor and Senior Counselors will be posted on the FIU careers website.